To the friends and supporters of the Augsburg Centennial Singers:
We GREATLY APPRECIATE your support of our mission to spread the gospel through our music. We hope that all of you are safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
As you know, singing in public is not currently recommended as the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through aerosols that can spread more than six feet when we project our voices. It is also advised that those age 65 and above are more vulnerable to the virus than the general population. This demographic defines our members and the majority of our audiences.
While we have not yet made a final decision on whether we will be able to perform concerts in 2020, the likelihood appears slim. We have not been able to hold rehearsals since early March. Churches are still working on their preparedness plans for reopening for large groups. Current guidance for congregations is not recommending singing.
When we do return to singing for you, we want to do so in a way that is safe for our audiences and our members. This is our top priority. Please know that this is a message that pains us, as we love nothing more than singing for all of you. We wish all of you good health as we work together to weather this pandemic.
The Gospel Quartet Tradition
Organized in 1885 for the purpose of touring during summer vacations, the first Augsburg College quartet soon became noted for its excellent singing.
In 1895 the quartet toured Norway, presenting 50 concerts in different parts of that country. Thus began a tradition of traveling quartets that lasted until 1961.
In 1993 under the direction of Merton Strommen, a chorus of former quartet members came together to sing for Homecoming and later to celebrate the centennial of the first Augsburg College gospel quartet by traveling to Norway in 1994 and again in 2001.
Reflecting the Gospel Quartet tradition at Augsburg University, the mission of the Augsburg Centennial Singers is to present concerts that personalize a Christian faith, to encourage listeners to establish and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ, and to provide a fellowship for men who find joy in singing songs that have musical excellence, address the heart, and reflect a variety of musical traditions.